Family Affair

[vc_row css_animation=”” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” angled_section=”no” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column][vc_column_text]Broward College teamed up with HANDY (Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth) to host “Fresh Start” Distribution Event sponsored by Valley Forge Fabrics on Saturday, October 3. During the event, 150 Broward County families arrived via drive-through at HANDY’s headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, where they received Luxury Beds in Bags, which included a sheet set, duvet cover and either a blanket or pillow, plus they received KN95 masks courtesy of Valley Forge Fabrics.

“We are so grateful to our community partners who joined together to make Fresh Start Event such a success,” said Kirk Brown, HANDY CEO. “As a community, we must continue to come together and support our most vulnerable youth and families.”

In addition, families received Dutch Pot Restaurant gift cards courtesy of the Miami Dolphins; oximeters to measure heart rate and oxygen levels; fresh produce from FreshPoint; and personal hygiene products including toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap donated by Shiff Construction. Families also received Broward College/Broward UP drawstring bags, pens, and lanyards, as well as information about opportunities for individuals to upskill with Broward College for rapid re-entry into the job market.

Prior to the start of the event, Kirk Brown, HANDY CEO and HANDY Board Members spoke to community partners and representatives inside the Miami HEAT Learn & Play Center. The LIFE room at HANDY’s Campus was transformed by the Miami HEAT into an interactive area for youth and students to come to and feel safe. Representatives from HANDY, Broward College, Valley Forge Fabrics, and the Miami Dolphins then made their way outside and began the distribution to the families.

Broward College and HANDY believe in the transformational power of education and the service that empowers families. Broward College developed Broward UP, a community-centric business model designed to improve the quality of life for residents in zip codes with little exposure to postsecondary opportunities.  Through Broward UP which stands for “unlimited potential,” the College has partnered with more than a dozen community organizations to help residents in Broward County access programs that will lead to meaningful careers.

“The Fresh Start event was one of many ways Broward College and HANDY come together to respond to the needs of our community’s youth. Saturday’s distribution means that 150 youth and their families have fewer things to worry about and can focus on staying on track for this academic year. The event speaks to the collaboration in our community—thanks to one gesture by Valley Forge Fabrics, other partners quickly came together to make this happen,” said Isabel Gonzalez, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Community Relations at Broward College.

“We very much appreciate our partnership—the Valley Forge relationship with HANDY, Broward College and other local organizations is a great example how working together creates value for the community and great optimism for everyone involved,” said Diana Dobin, CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics.

Featured image above: Justin Shiff, Owner of Shiff Construction; Diana Dobin, CEO of Valley Forge Fabrics; Melissa Shiff, Owner of Shiff Construction; Kirk Brown, CEO of HANDY; Isabel Gonzalez, Chief of Staff and Vice President of Communications and Community Relations of Broward College; and Leslie Nixon, Senior Director of Community Affairs of the Miami Dolphins[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space][vc_gallery interval=”3″ images=”61411,61412,61413,61414,61415,61416,61417,61418,61419″ img_size=”full” show_image_description=”yes”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.